The Hillman Performing Arts Series at Shady Side Academy continues its 2019-2020 season with jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Ariel Pocock on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The show takes place in the Peter J. Kountz Theater of the Hillman Center for Performing Arts, located on the Shady Side Academy Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.thehillman.org or by calling the Hillman Center Box Office at 412-968-3040. A pre-show coffeehouse and treats are included in the ticket price.
Ariel Pocock has received international acclaim as a captivating jazz pianist, vocalist and composer. Her original compositions and songs draw inspiration from a wide array of sources: Cuban and Brazilian folk music, the Great American Songbook, modern jazz composers such as Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, and songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and Paul Simon. She has performed as a headline act at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Quebec City International Jazz Festival, and more. In addition to performing, she is an adjunct jazz piano professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Learn more at www.arielpocock.com.
The 2019-2020 Hillman Performing Arts Series features seven shows from September through April, including four Main Stage shows in the 662-seat Richard E. Rauh Theater and three Black Box shows in the more intimate Peter J. Kountz Theater. Individual show tickets are $20-$30 and a variety of subscription packages are available. After Ariel Pocock, remaining shows include:
Six Appeal Vocal Band: Ugly Sweater Party –Dec. 14, 2019 • Main Stage
Back by popular demand, Six Appeal Vocal Band brings its Ugly Sweater Party to Pittsburgh just in time for the holidays, featuring distinctive a cappella arrangements of traditional and original holiday music.
Tami Lee Hughes: The Legacy Show – Feb. 15, 2020 • Main Stage
Captivating concert violinist Tami Lee Hughes presentsThe Legacy Show, a multimedia concert celebrating African American composers, performed with pianist Byron Burford-Phearse.
Blackwater – March 14, 2020 • Black Box
Blackwater's high-energy brand of Celtic music blends folk, classical and contemporary influences into a unique and dynamic sound with striking vocal harmonies and intricate fiddle styles.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus – April 18, 2020 • Main Stage
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus' unique hybrid of vaudeville, circus, comedy and original live music features an eclectic cast of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, sideshow marvels and more.
The Hillman Center for Performing Arts,established in 2004, is one of Western Pennsylvania's newest cultural venues. Its flagship offering, the Hillman Performing Arts Series, presents programs of excellence that represent Pittsburgh's cultural traditions while celebrating global artistic innovation. In addition, the Hillman Center strives to foster an accessible environment for all patrons to explore and enjoy fine art. Special emphasis is placed on family-friendly programming.